Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer

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Macmillan, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 629 pages
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The Clash was--and still is--one of the most important groups of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Indebted to rockabilly, reggae, Memphis soul, cowboy justice, and '60s protest, the overtly political band railed against war, racism, and a dead-end economy, and in the process imparted a conscience to punk. Their eponymous first record and London Calling still rank in Rolling Stone's top-ten best albums of all time, and in 2003 they were officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Joe Strummer was the Clash's front man, a rock-and-roll hero seen by many as the personification of outlaw integrity and street cool. The political heart of the Clash, Strummer synthesized gritty toughness and poetic sensitivity in a manner that still resonates with listeners, and his untimely death in December 2002 shook the world, further solidifying his iconic status.

Music journalist Chris Salewicz was a friend to Strummer for close to three decades and has covered the Clash's career and the entire punk movement from its inception. With exclusive access to Strummer's friends, relatives, and fellow musicians, Salewicz penetrates the soul of an icon. He uses his vantage point to write the definitive biography of Strummer, charting his enormous worldwide success, his bleak years in the wilderness after the Clash's bitter breakup, and his triumphant return to stardom at the end of his life. In the process, Salewicz argues for Strummer's place in a long line of protest singers that includes Woody Guthrie, John Lennon, and Bob Marley, and examines by turns Strummer's and punk's ongoing cultural influence.
  

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Good book on one of my favorite musicians pg 188 Read full review

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I spent the better part of a month slogging through this 600+ page tome, with its awkward syntax and interminable descriptions of what seemed to be just about every time Joe Strummer got drunk or ... Read full review

Contents

1_ Straight to Heaven 2002
3
2 R I Punk 2002
9
3 Indian Summer 1999
17
4 Stepping Out of Babylon One More Time 2003 19521957
21
5 Be True to Your School Like You Would to Your Girl 19571964
40
6 Blue Apples 19651969
54
7 The Magic Vest 19701971
67
8 The Bad Shoplifter Goes Gravedigging 19711974
89
14 Red Hand of Fate 1979
235
15 News of Clock Nine 19791980
256
161st May Take a Holiday 19801981
269
7_The News Behind the News 19811982
302
18 Anger Was Cooler 19821984
332
19 Spanish Bombs 19841985
373
21Soldiers of Misfortune 19871988
410
2_ On the Other Hand 19881989
436

9 Pillars of Wisdom 19741975
108
10 This Man Is a Star 19751976
129
11 Im Going to Be a Punk Rocker 1976
143
12 Under Heavy Manners 19761977
170
13 The AllNight DrugProwling Wolf 19771979
200
4_The Cool Impossible 19911993
467
6_ Lets Rock Again 19982000
530
8_ Bringing It All Back Home 2002
589
Acknowledgments
616
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About the author (2006)

Chris Salewicz's writing on music and popular culture has appeared in publications around the globe, including New Musical Express and The London Sunday Times. He is the author of over a dozen books.

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